Copper's role in compression socks
Copper has been established as an antimicrobial material by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). But what does that mean? According to studies, copper has been found to carry anti-microbial properties and is deemed "contact killing." This means that bacteria, yeast, and viruses are almost instantly killed upon physical contact with the surface of copper.
Benefits of copper in compression socks
Copper has been used throughout history as a means to counter and heal inflammation, treat arthritis, joint pain, and other inflammatory conditions. This is because copper-infused products have been proven to ease skin inflammation and act as pain relief.
Improved blood circulation
According to studies, copper has shown signs of promoting the formation of new blood vessels from already existing vessels. Coupled with compression, it acts as an effective tool against diseases caused by low blood pressure.
In the cosmetics industry, copper is commonly used in skin care products and beauty products as copper has been shown to assist the production of collagen and elastin; these two are essential for healthier and firmer skin.
Washing machine friendly
Copper and its ions are known to bond with those of yarns. Therefore, washing your copper compression socks along with other laundry items should do no harm.
Copper ions infused with the fabric of the copper compression socks help prevent the loss of heat and keep your feet warm and cozy during cold weather and also eliminate any pain due to coldness.
Copper compression socks help improve circulation, prevent the build-up of lactic acid and essentially revive tired feet much faster.
Better alternative than silver
Copper is non poisonous, does not pollute the environment, and is anti-microbial even at room temperatures as opposed to silver, which is harmful to humans and only exhibits antimicrobial properties in the presence of moisture and humidity.
Copper compression sock vs. non-copper compression socks
In essence, there needs to be an increase in the frequency of researches conducted purely for the purpose of finding whether copper plays a bigger role than just eliminating the bad smell from wearing compression socks. However, if there was confusion regarding whether you should opt for a copper-infused compression sock rather than non copper, then the choice is quite obvious; better smelling feet are nothing but an additional benefit.